UKPHR Consultation in relation to Amendment to revalidation scheme for practitioner registrants
- This consultation
- Summary of the amendment being consulted upon
- Time to respond to the consultation
- You are invited to respond
- How to respond
- When to respond
- Where to send responses
- Any queries
At the meeting of UKPHR’s Board held on 02 July 2019 the Board agreed to make changes to its approved revalidation scheme for practitioner registrants. The background to this decision is as follows:
- In 2016, the Board received recommendations from a revalidation task & finish group for the design of a revalidation scheme for all UKPHR’s registrants;
- The task & finish group recommended that the revalidation requirements should be differentiated as between specialist and practitioner registrants to reflect the respective levels of risk involved in their public health practice;
- The Board consulted widely on the proposals for revalidation in line with the task & finish group’s recommendations during 2016;
- Taking into account consultation responses received, the Board settled the revalidation scheme for specialist registrants and practitioner registrants with differentiation in the respective requirements;
- A significant difference was in a requirement that specialist registrants would be required to undertake annual professional appraisal whereas practitioner registrants would be required to undertake one professional appraisal in each 5-year registration cycle;
- During 2017, the Board engaged with registrants and with partner organisations, including the public health agencies of the four nations, about the practical implementation of revalidation and developed an online module for processing revalidation applications from registrants;
- During 2018 the Board piloted the revalidation requirements in relation to specialist registrants (only) and set a date of 01 April 2019 for commencement of the revalidation scheme for specialist registrants (only);
- Revalidation of practitioner registrants has not been commenced because the Board learned from its engagement with partner organisations that the public health system did not have the capacity to deliver professional appraisals for practitioners in addition to professional appraisals for specialists;
- In 2018 the Board established a Board working party, drawing on expertise from Board members and from other organisations and individuals, to consider options for amending, replacing or dropping the requirement for a professional appraisal in respect of the revalidation of practitioner registrants;
- The working party made its recommendation to the Board in 2019.
The Board agreed, at its meeting on 02 July 2019, to approve an amendment to the revalidation scheme for practitioner registrants for consultation. The Board will consider responses to its consultation before making a final decision about the revalidation scheme in relation to practitioner registration.
When the Board originally settled the requirements of UKPHR’s revalidation scheme for all registrants, it said that for specialist and practitioner registrants alike there would be seven common elements:
“UKPHR’s revalidation process comprises:
- Personal Development Planning
- Health and Conduct Declaration
- Professional Indemnity
- Continuing Professional Development
- Supporting Information of Quality of Service
- Confirmation of Compliance.
Scheme rules and scheme guidance will explain these 7 elements.”
The differentiation in relation to practitioner registrants affected the following elements:
- Appraisal (No. 1): For specialist registrants, annual professional appraisal; for practitioner registrants, one professional appraisal every five years.
- CPD (No. 5): UKPHR applies different CPD requirements for specialist and practitioner registrants respectively.
- Supporting Information (No. 6): Fuller information required from specialist registrants than for practitioner registrants.
This consultation is about the only change that the Board is intending to make to the first element (appraisal) in relation to the revalidation scheme for practitioner registrants.
The Board proposes to retain an appraisal-like process as the first element of the revalidation scheme but proposes to replace the existing appraisal requirement as follows:
Delete the requirement for one professional appraisal every five years
Substitute a requirement for one peer discussion every five years.
The Board’s proposals for the peer discussion requirements (for example, who, where, when) are set out within the consultation document in the specific questions.
A table of the seven elements of the revalidation scheme as proposed by the Board, subject to the outcome of this consultation is as follows:
|Peer discussion||One peer discussion completed within 1 year immediately prior to revalidation||Signed and counter-signed record of the peer discussion conducted within 1 year immediately preceding revalidation|
|Personal Development Planning||Must be participating annually in personal development planning||Self-declaration|
|Health and Conduct||Annual declaration as to health and conduct||Self-declaration by answering in full the relevant questions in UKPHR’s declaration form|
|Indemnity arrangements||Indemnity arrangements in place covering practice||Self-declaration|
|CPD||Meet UKPHR’s CPD requirement||Faculty of Public Health annual certificates (if FPH’s service is used) covering past 5 years OR production of registrant’s log with accompanying reflective notes (and supporting evidence as and when called for by UKPHR such as certificates)|
|Quality Improvement Activity||Confirmation of participation in quality improvement activity;
Annually feedback, CPD declaration and reflective account and on revalidation:
Multi-source feedback using an approved tool and containing at least 10 raters OR feedback from:
Feedback, CPD declaration and reflective account included in annual renewal of registration
A multi-source feedback tool approved by UKPHR for the purpose OR the feedback listed in the form prescribed by UKPHR for the purpose
|Compliance||Reference to confirm attitude towards skills and knowledge, CPD and quality of service.||One referee put forward by registrant and contacted by UKPHR.|
This consultation will be open from Tuesday 30 July 2019 and will close at 10.00hrs on Wednesday 23 October 2019.
The Board intends to consider responses to this consultation at its meeting to be held on 19 November and it is intended that UKPHR’s amended revalidation scheme for practitioner registrants will be approved at that meeting.
The Board will also need to set a start-date for applying the revalidation requirements in relation to practitioner registrants.
The start date may be dependent on whether the peer discussion proposals are first piloted (there is a consultation question about this). If piloting goes ahead, a start date will also be dependent on how long the pilot phase will last and the learning that will come from piloting.
Any registrant and any individual or organisation with an interest in the revalidation scheme set by UKPHR is welcome to respond to this consultation.
The consultation will be live on UKPHR’s website throughout and will be publicised in emails and announcements to registrants and stakeholders and by Twitter to wider audiences.
UKPHR has set up an online response facility (survey monkey) and you are welcome to complete the survey. You can access the survey here.
UKPHR has also provided a template to respond to this consultation for completion and return.
Alternatively, you are welcome to respond in your own way in writing and send your response to UKPHR by post or email.
This consultation will close on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 10.00hrs
- If you post your response, please address it to:
David Kidney, Chief Executive, UKPHR,
18c Mclaren Building, 46, Priory Queensway, BIRMINGHAM B4 7LR
- If you email your response, please send it to:
- If you complete the Survey Monkey online form it will automatically be sent to UKPHR
If you have any queries about this consultation, please telephone David Kidney on
0121 296 4370 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org